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The WGA West will award Ben Affleck with its 2015 Valentine Davies Award, the guild announced Wednesday.
Affleck, whose résumé boasts screenwriting, directing, acting and producing credits, will receive the award for his humanitarian work and global service at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 14.
“Ben Affleck needs no introduction here. Yet this Oscar-winning screenwriter – twice nominated for Writers Guild Awards – and much-lauded actor/director/producer has somehow found the time to become an engaged leader in humanitarian causes here and abroad,” WGAW president Chris Keyser said in a statement.
“Perhaps most crucially, Affleck founded the Eastern Congo Initiative, a grant-making and advocacy group that works toward an Eastern Congo with opportunities for economic and social development and the flourishing of a robust civil society,” added Keyser.
Affleck founded the Eastern Congo Initiative in 2010, an organization whose mission is to increase both the quality and number of investments for citizens of Eastern Congo.
The Valentine Davies Award honors guild members whose work has brought honor and dignity to writers. Former recipients of the award include Norman Lear, Carl Reiner and Sam Simon.
This year’s ceremony will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
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Melvin Van Peebles